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Jeff Healey

"Jeff Healey" (born Norman Jeffrey Healey on March 25, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian blues-rock guitarist.

Jeff Healey was raised in Toronto's west end. His father was a firefighter. Healey is perhaps most notable for his blindness, and his unique style of playing guitar flat on his lap. He lost his sight when he was one year old, due to cancer of the eyes - his eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements. Nevertheless he began playing guitar when he was only three, developing his unique playing style. Because his parents had no idea how the instrument was supposed to be held, or played, Healey was left to figure out his own approach.

When he was 17 he formed the band ''Blue Direction'', also known as ''Vision''. This band was a five-piece band, primarily playing bar-band cover tunes; among the other musicians were bassist Ian McIntyre, and a schoolmate, Rob Quail on second guitar. This band played various local clubs in Toronto, including the Colonial Tavern.

Shortly thereafter, he was introduced to two musicians, bassist Joe Rockman and drummer Tom Stephen, and formed a trio, who made their first public appearance at ''T...

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